Saturday, June 29, 2013

My old friend, the Tengu

Day Two

Today I need to get the POS finished (still got some defences left to anchor) and get my two Rattlers in. I also named my new home "Alpha" since its the first I inhabit by myself. A bit of bad imagination there, but it will do. Usually its a good idea to also name your static since it makes bookmarking and referring to chains a lot simpler, but I will just call mine C4s I think. 'S' as in "static" of course.

I'm starting to check out my static and what it holds in store for me. It's a C4/C3 which is good news, at least I don't have to scan down a endless C4/C4 chain to find empire. The low sec however, is leading to Dead End. Not a dead end, Dead End, the system. That pretty far out into low sec, and it's a ton of jumps to do for two battleships, so i need a plan B.

I could roll my C4, but the I risk ending up with a C4/C4 or a C4/C5, so I will check out the low sec systems for wormholes that would take me closer to the Rattlers. Many people don't think to scan high and low sec systems for short cuts. A chain do not need to end at the first k-space system you find. Null sec folks have realized this, shallow w-space dwellers are often to lazy as they are spoiled by their static HS or static, roll-able, access to a system that have one.

I'm not going to log of before I done what I can to get my little babies in, so off scanning the low sec route we go!

Of course, it's not always possible to find that slick route, no matter how much scanning. I scanned as far as Alpha - C4s - C3b - Dead End -2j- Gateway - Tamo - C5a - C3d, but no good route to Amarr, so I guess I will fix the tower instead of bringing rattlers in :)

I have a few gas sites in Alpha that might be worth doing. I had the space over in the Orca to bring a Venture, so I happily start gassing away until the sleepers spawn. Darn it. I realize I don't have a single thing to shoot with. Ironically the only dps and tank I have is on the Orca, but It's hull-tanked and I don't want to have to rep it afterwards. Besides, its drones would get eaten by the sleepers. I really need those Rattlers!

For one reason or another I had been using an old Falcon I had lying around to scout the Orca in, why don't I use my Tengu that Ashi flew when she still lived in w-space? For sure, the day I get the Orca tackled by a T3 I rather be in a Falcon then a cloaky Tengu, but for everything else the Tengu is more fun. And it can be PVE-refit to deal with the occasional gas-guarding sleeper. I go to Empire and exchange the Falcon for my trusty old friend the cloaky Tengu.

Tengu, w-space scout

High power
1x Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
5x Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II
1x Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher

Medium power
1x Gistum C-Type 10MN Afterburner
1x Stasis Webifier II
1x Shadow Serpentis Warp Scrambler
1x Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
1x Republic Fleet Large Shield Extender
1x Sensor Booster II

Low power
1x Damage Control II
1x Caldari Navy Ballistic Control System

Rig Slot
1x Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer II
1x Medium Core Defense Field Extender II
1x Medium Warhead Rigor Catalyst I

Sub System
1x Tengu Defensive - Adaptive Shielding
1x Tengu Propulsion - Interdiction Nullifier
1x Tengu Electronics - Emergent Locus Analyzer
1x Tengu Engineering - Augmented Capacitor Reservoir
1x Tengu Offensive - Covert Reconfiguration

Nova Javelin Heavy Assault Missile
Nova Rage Heavy Assault Missile
Mjolnir Rage Heavy Assault Missile
Scourge Javelin Heavy Assault Missile
Scourge Rage Heavy Assault Missile
16x Sisters Combat Scanner Probe

This is a good scout, it lands where I warp, can travel bubbled nullsec, warps quickly and packs enough punch to kill targets of opportunity that I happen come across solo roaming. I like it a lot.

When I got back with the Tengu, I found a very quiet C2 - HS route through which I took both Rattlers in. Step two complete!

Tomorrow I plan on killing off the sites I have in my own system.

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